John M. Becker

Freedom to Marry Hopes To Light Up the Map for Marriage

Filed By John M. Becker | September 17, 2013 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Freedom to Marry, gay marriage, Green Bay, Jim Schmitt, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Vermont, Wisconsin

light_up_the_map_freedomtomarry.jpgFreedom to Marry is stepping up its nationwide Mayors for the Freedom to Marry campaign, the group reported yesterday.

Since the launch of the campaign in January 2012, almost 400 mayors from 35 states and the District of Columbia have publicly declared their support for marriage equality by signing the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry statement. The goal of the group's relaunch, which they've called Light Up the Map, is to swell the number of pro-equality mayors to 500 in every state in the country.

The centerpiece of the Light Up the Map program is an interactive map that marriage supporters can use to discover whether their mayor has come out for equal marriage. If their mayor isn't on the map, they can nominate them. Freedom to Marry has already filled in the mayors of each state's most populous cities, so residents of those cities can simply click on their mayor's name and they'll be taken to a screen where they can customize and send a letter urging their mayor to stand up for equality.

In my home state of Wisconsin, for example, I found out that three mayors (Bayfield, Madison, and Milwaukee) have come out for marriage equality, but that my hometown mayor has not. (Come on, Jim!) In Vermont, the other state I consider home, three of the state's eight mayors have signed Freedom to Marry's statement, thanks in large part to a campaign spearheaded by Vermont Freedom to Marry.

Click here to check out the map and see how you can participate in this important campaign and help light up the map for marriage equality. It looks like support is especially needed in the southern, prairie, and Rocky Mountain regions of the country.

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